How Should I Vote – Bill C-281: An Act to amend the Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Act, the Justice for Victims of Corrupt Foreign Officials Act (Sergei Magnitsky Law), the Broadcasting Act and the Prohibiting Cluster Munitions Act
(International Human Rights Act)
There are many Private Members’ Bills making their way through Parliament in every session. I review every bill and listen to debates before deciding how I will vote. Part of this process is receiving important feedback from you on these bills to ensure I’m representing your interests.
Private Members’ Bill C-281, the International Human Rights Act, is coming up for a vote. This bill includes provisions intended to help combat human rights abuses around the world.
If passed, Bill C-281 would:
give Parliament the power to force the government to quickly respond to alleged human rights abusers, allowing opposition parties to hold the government accountable for failure to act on human rights violations;
amend the Broadcasting Act to make it easier to revoke the authorization for TV and radio programming in Canada that is influenced by a foreign national or entity that has committed acts recognized as genocide by the Senate or the House of Commons or that is influenced by officials subject to sanctions under the Justice for Victims of Corrupt Foreign Officials Act (Sergei Magnitsky Law); and
would improve the Prohibiting Cluster Munitions Act by restricting investments in companies that violate human rights or exploits developing nations.